By Tennessee Williams
A taut, bright drama of a voluptuous child-bridge who refuses to consummate her marriage to an older, down-on-his-luck cotton-gin owner.
In 1956, Time magazine referred to as Tennessee Williams’ Baby Doll "just probably the dirtiest American-made movie that has ever been legally exhibited." The taut, brilliant drama of a voluptuous child-bridge, who refuses to consummate her marriage to an older, down-on-his-luck cotton-gin proprietor in Tiger Tail County, Mississippi till she is "ready," has received in humor and pathos through the years as society has stuck up with the author’s savagely sincere view of bigotry and lust within the rural South. yet Tennessee Williams used to be initially a author for the level, and this reissue of his unique screenplay for the Elia Kazan motion picture of Baby Doll is now observed by way of the script of the full-length degree play, Tiger Tail, constructed from that screenplay through the ’70s. The textual content, which includes the author’s ultimate revisions, files the play because it was once produced on the Hippodrome Theatre Workshop in Gainesville, Florida, in 1979.
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